by RICHARD D. MARKS, Founder and President

The Cream Always Rises to the Top

adv_rdm5Milk, if left by itself, undergoes a process called homogenization. During this process, the lighter fatty portions of milk rise to the top due to lesser density, very much like oil and water. These fatty portions are then skimmed and made into a separate product called cream.

Similarly, as we pursue our goals and objectives in life, we will go through several stages of transformation in order to achieve life’s personal best.

One of these stages is called self-doubt. When experiencing self-doubt, you should reflect on previous successes. We all have a history of successes. If it wasn’t so, we wouldn’t be where we are today and in the pursuit of our next vision.

Keep your eye on the prize, for there will be many distractions designed to steal your mindshare. These distractions are often disguised as enhancement opportunities. I encourage you to calculate each opportunity accordingly and remember – all that glitters is not gold.

Take actionable steps toward your goal and be willing to adjust your plan accordingly. At times, I have found that as I visualize my next accomplishments, learning something new becomes a requirement. It is recommended to get to know who the players are and the structure of the game. Once you have this figured out, you are well within striking distance of accomplishing your goal.

Finally, you must stay hungry! As my mentor Les Brown would say, “You gotta be hungry!” Hunger is that internal, burning desire that remains present and will not go away until your goals are accomplished. Hunger will wake you up in the middle of the night and will not let you rest until you find a way to incorporate that “hunger thought” into an actionable step. Those closest to you, and perhaps strangers, will be able to see the hunger in your eyes and hear the hunger in your voice. Their acknowledgement of your shared vision will become moments of confirmation and well-needed cheers, which are simply designed to keep the hunger activated.

Ultimately, it is your hunger, that hunger, which will flush out the self-doubt, causing you, “The Cream” to rise to the top.

Expect Great Things to Happen!


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